Alex Lovelace on General Patton

The senior history honors thesis presentations have begun!

On Friday, Alex Lovelace entertained the audience with a talk on George S. Patton Jr:  “Target of the Press: The Wartime Relationship between Patton and the Media.”   Alex has been thinking about the Patton question (“What was he really like?  Why was he so successful in war?”) from an early age, and written out of 1,000 index cards of primary sources since his first year of college.  (You can see the cards in the briefcase on the table in the photo below).  Alex suggested in his thesis and the presentation that Patton used the press to create an image of himself during WWII, a relationship that eventually led to his own downfall.

If you’re interested in learning a little more  from Alex, see his Patton website.

Congrats, Alex!

Christine Kelly follows with a senior honors presentation today, 4:00-5:30 PM, Boyer 235: “From Separatism to Activism: The Political Life of Jerry Falwell and the Making of the Moral Majority”

Tomorrow, May 3, Melissa Hogan will speak from 4:00-5:30 PM, Boyer 235: “Puzzling over History: A Study of Late Antique Cyprus through Mosaic Art.”

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